Tue Nov 29th, 2005 at 05:18:34 PM EST
Where are the screaming headlines in the U.S. Media ::
U.N. Report based on false witness account
SYRIA POSSIBLY INNOCENT IN HARIRI MURDER!
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Syrian witness Hassam Taher Hassam
speaks during a press conference with
Ibrahim Draji, spokesman of... AFP Photo
Syria: Hariri's Son Exploiting Father's Death to Boost U.S. Policy
DAMASCUS (Haaretz) Nov. 29 -- Syria on Tuesday leveled harsh criticism at Saad Hariri, son of the slain former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, saying he is exploiting his father's murder to further American policy in the region.
Husam Taher Husam, a former conscript in the Syrian army who worked for Syrian intelligence in Lebanon, alleged in a 75-minute interview on Syrian state television Sunday night, that he was bribed to accuse top Syrian officials of Hariri's murder in his testimony to the UN commission probing the assassination.
Witness: Hariri's son made him lie
DAMASCUS, Syria (CNN/Reuters) -- A man who called himself "the main witness" in the U.N. investigation of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said his testimony was coerced by Hariri's son and his advisors, the Syrian news agency SANA reported Monday.
The United Nations released a statement confirming that Hussam Taher Hussam had been a witness for the investigation report, authored by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, but said Hussam came forward voluntarily without any coercion.
"On several occasions, Mr. Hussam expressed fear ... that he and his family could be harmed by Syrian security elements," the statement said, adding that Hussam had "identified himself as a former Syrian intelligence officer in Lebanon."
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